MBARI in the news – 2019

Sep 18
Los Angeles TimesOcean robots take the pulse of our planet by measuring microbes by Stephanie De Marco
Sep 13
Marine Technology NewsThe importance of FAIR data in earth science by Jans Aasman
Sep 11
The Kids Should See ThisThe allure of fluorescence in the ocean by Rion Nakaya
Sep 11
The ScientistImage of the day: Vampire squid” by Emily Makowski
Sep 7
Jerusalem Post “Israel is taking on the jellies” by Sarah Vorsanger
Sep 5
Atlas ObscuraThe ocean’s eerie twilight zone is in murky legal water” by Sabrina Imbler
Aug 28 Popular MechanicsCool new robot can grab squishy fish without hurting them” by Jennifer Leman [Also carried by]
Aug 26 Seeker [Video] “This deep-sea robot will explore the depths of the ocean like never before
Aug 22 DataversityCase Study: Semantic web ontologies and geoscience collaboration helps the planet” by Jennifer Zaino
Aug 21 Accuweather.comUnderwater robots deployed and on patrol in Lake Erie ” by Amanda Schmidt and Jonathan Petramala [Also carried by]
Aug 16 Ocean News and TechnologyAn autonomous vehicle coupled with a robotic laboratory” [Reprint of MBARI news article by Cassandra Burrier]
Aug 15 Christian Science MonitorMessage in a bottle: Forensics meets marine science with eDNA ” by Amanda Paulson
Aug 14 NOAA Research NewsNOAA is developing underwater robots to map, measure toxicity of Great Lakes algal blooms” [Story carried by Environmental News Network]
Aug 13 Common DreamsHumanity’s destruction of oceans nearly doubled over a decade, scientists warn, and could double again without urgent action” by Jessica Corbett
Aug 10 New AtlasRobot to study the marine twilight region completes sea trials” by David Szondy
Aug 8 KQED ScienceJumbo squid are missing from Monterey Bay. Will they ever return?’” by Allessandra DiCorato
Aug 7 Jackson Hole News and GuideAquatic scientists lean into ‘eDNA’” by Mike Koshmrl [Also carried by several other regional papers, including The Billings Gazette, The Missoulian, The Montana Standard, The Independent Record]
Aug 6 dbusiness.comUnderwater robotic labs to help U-M researchers monitor bacteria bloom in Lake Erie” by Grace Turner [Based on a University of Michigan news release]
Aug 2 KnowableA world in a bottle of water” by Rodrigo Pérez Ortega [Article also appeared in Monterey Herald, East Bay Times, and San Jose Mercury]
Aug 2 Christian Science MonitorNo light, no problem: The improbable wonders of deep-sea coral” by Amanda Paulson
July 31 Monterey HeraldFuture development, constraints focus of Moss Landing plan workshop” by Jim Johnson
July 30 Popular MechanicsWhy the anglerfish continues to haunt our dreams” by Daisy Hernandez [Also carried by Yahoo News]
July 29 New York TimesThe creepy anglerfish comes to light. (Just don’t get too close.)” by William Broad
July 27 Santa Cruz SentinelState legislature poised to get serious about plastic pollution” by Katherine O’Dea [Opinion piece]
July 26 Christian Science MonitorInto the twilight zone: An age of discovery unfolds beneath the waves” by Amanda Paulson
July 25 Hakai MagazineCities acidify the water next door” by Jess Mackie
July 23 Nature Microbiology – Research CommunicationsEavesdropping on plankton with robots: lessons from the microbes of the California Current” by Bethany Kolody
July 21 CNNScientists discovered a new species of tiny sharks that glow in the dark” [Carried by over 85 media outlets nationwide)
July 20 USA Today (opinion section)Filmmaker James Cameron: We can protect the ocean ‘twilight zone’ with a new moonshot” by James Cameron
July 17 KAZUSanta Cruz County looks to ban more plastic items” by Michelle Loxton
July 15 WCGU NewsEncore: Study suggests Americans are consuming lots of microplastics” by Mike Kiniry and Julie Glenn
July 11 NOAA Research NewsA look in side how NOAA tracks harmful algal blooms
July 11 KCETWhat’s it like to run a satellite? Ask these college students” by Aparna Vidyasagar
July 3 KQED ScienceHow scientists detect the most lethal shellfish toxin you’ve never heard of” by Allessandra DiCorato
July Elle27 women leading the charge to protect our environment” by Veronique Hyland, Naomi Rougeau, and Julie Vadnal
June 28 NMEA NewsDeveloping ocean literacy through virtual reality and distance learning
June 26 Monterey HeraldCritical Monterey Bay kelp threatened by urchins” by Dennis L. Taylor
June 23 Bay NatureA Tidepool in Time” by Tessa Hill and Eric Simons
June 22 KQED ScienceWhat happens to the bodies of dead whales?” by Danielle Venton
Jun 18 MashableWho is this see-through alien?” by Mark Kaufman [Also carried by Yahoo News]
Jun 6 Stories related to news release: New study finds microplastic throughout Monterey Bay.
– NPR, “Microplastics have invaded the deep ocean — and the food chain” by Christopher Joyce (6-6-19) [Carried by over 100 NPR stations nationwide]
– Newsweek, “Monterey Bay is filled with microplastic from human waste–even at its deepest points” by Hannah Osborne (6-6-19)
– Scientific American, “The deep ocean harbors a mountain of microplastic pollution” by Rachel Nuwer (6-6-19)
– National Geographic News, “Tiny plastic pieces are spread throughout the deep sea” by Laura Parker (6-6-19)
– The Guardian, “‘Pieces of human society’: deep ocean may be riddled with microplastics” by Katharine Gammon (6-6-19)
– The Atlantic, “We were missing most of the plastic in the ocean” by Sarah Zhang (6-6-19) [Also carried by MSN news]
– New Scientist, “Plastic pollution found at every depth of the ocean by deep-sea survey” by Michael Le Page (6-6-19)
– Wired, “Monterey Bay is a natural wonder – poisoned by microplastic” by Matt Simon (6-6-19) [Also appeared in Mother Jones]
– Science News, “Tiny plastic debris is accumulating far beneath the ocean surface” by Maria Temming (6-6-19)
– Fox News, “Study finds microplastics in all surveyed sea creatures, moving through the food chain” (6-6-19)
– San Jose Mercury, “‘Incredibly sobering’: New study finds Monterey Bay littered with tiny pieces of plastic” by Paul Rogers (6-6-19)
– LAist, “Sea Creatures In Monterey Bay are eating plastic because humans are trash monsters” by Jacob Margolis (6-6-19)
– USA Today, “Turns out there’s more plastic pollution in the deep ocean than the Great Pacific Garbage Patch” by Elizabeth Weise (6-6-19) [Also appeared in over 25 newspapers nationwide]
– Axios, “Microplastics lurk in the deep sea” by Andrew Freedman (6-6-19)
– KQED Science, “The new pollution: Monterey Bay is swimming in microplastic” by Kevin Stark (6-6-19)
– SFGate, “Monterey Bay has more microplastics than the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, researchers say” by Drew Costley (6-6-19) [Also appeared in Houston Chronicle)]
– KION-TV, “Microplastics fill the Monterey Bay, study shows” by Zach Mcintyre (6-6-19)
– KPBS-TV, “Scripps study: Microplastics found In deep ocean, affecting food chain” by Shalina Chatlani (6-6-19)
– KSBW-TV, “New MBARI study shows microplastics contaminate Monterey Bay” by Kyla Linville (6-7-19)
– KQED News (radio), “Study: Monterey Bay infested by microplastic pollution” by Mina Kim (6-7-19)
– Parley for the Oceans, “Microplastics” (6-7-19)
– Science Alert, “We totally missed most of the plastic pollution in the ocean, study reveals” by Aylin Woodward (6-7-19)
– ZME Science, “The ocean has much more plastic than we thought” by Mihai Andre (6-7-19)
– Fish Information and Services, “The new pollution: Monterey Bay is swimming in microplastic” (6-10-19)
– NBC News, “Tiny plastic particles have been found in the deep ocean — and animals are eating them” by Denise Chow (6-12-19)
– Monterey County Weekly, “Survey of Monterey Bay waters reveals the deep ocean is riddled with plastic” by Asaf Shalev (6-12-19)
– World Economic Forum, “Microplastics have spread right to the sea bed, study finds” by Emma Charlton (6-19-19)
– San Luis Obispo Tribune, “Tiny pieces of plastic pollute Monterey Bay — and they’re likely in SLO County waters, too” by Carrie Schuman (7-5-19) [Also carried by the Fresno Bee
– Toronto Business Journal, “Unbelievable amounts of plastics swimming in the deep ocean and entering the food web” (7-8-19)
Jun 6 Monterey County WeeklyThe Buzz” [Includes short article on CANON experiment]
Jun 3 HakaiThe Hotel California of fossilized worms” by Kristy Hamilton
May 23 National Center for Science and Education [News Release] “Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2019” by Glenn Branch
May 22 Egypt Daily NewsLack of proper waste management in Egypt causes accumulation of marine plastic litter” by Mohammed El-Said [also carried by 3 or 4 other papers in Egypt]
May 22 Chemical and Engineering NewsPodcast: How robots are revolutionizing chemical oceanography” by Sam Lemonick
May 2 EOSWater, water everywhere—But how much H2O?” by Emily Underwood
May 2 National Geographic NewsHow bioluminescence works in nature” by Liz Langley [MBARI cited as source of animated illustration]
May 1 Aerospace and Defense TechnologyMonitoring a nearshore beneficial use site: Application of a benthic sled and video annotation
May 1 Wet PixelHostile Planet Filmmakers Interview – Part 2” by Adam Hanlon
May 1 GizmodoThe world’s largest animal has a secret lingo—Here’s what It sounds like” by Maddie Stone
Apr 26 Deutsche WelleThe deep sea: Where poisons become nutrients” by Brigitte Osterath
Apr 24 National Geographic TVHostile Planet filmmakers teamed up with scientists at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)” [Behind the scenes video for National Geographic’s “Hostile Planet”]
Apr 24 CGTN AmericaReporter’s Notebook: A deep dive into the world’s oceans” by Frances Kuo
Apr 23 Stories related to MBARI news release: Carbon dioxide from Silicon Valley affects the chemistry of Monterey Bay.
– KION-TV, “High carbon dioxide levels are being discovered from the Silicon Valley” by Zach Mcintyre (4-23-19)
– San Francisco Chronicle, “Disturbing levels of carbon dioxide likely to increase ocean acidity fast, scientists say” by Peter Fimrite (4-24-19)
– KCBS-radio, Story carried in main news stream and broadcast at least 16 times (4-28-19 and 4-29-19)
– KQED Science, “Threat to sea life as greenhouse gases drift offshore” by Hannah Hagemann (4-29-19)
– KSBW-TV, “Bay Area commuters spike CO2 levels in Monterey Bay” by Caitlin Conrad (4-29-19) [Also carried by KCRA-TV, Laredo Morning Times, and SF Gate]
– Monterey Herald, “MBARI study shows increased CO2 in the Monterey Bay ” by Tom Garlinghouse (4-30-19)
– KFBK-radio, Story carried on morning news (5-1-19)
– San Jose Mercury, “CO₂ emissions from Silicon Valley and Salinas linked to ocean acidification in Monterey Bay” by Priyanka Runwal (5-6-19) [Also carried by at least 9 other Northern California newspapers in the MediaNews group]
[Release also carried verbatim by Environmental News Network, TodayChan, BrightSurf, and ScienceDaily]
Apr 16 Syracuse University NewsNorma Slepecky Memorial Lecturer Benoit-Bird to discuss ‘Echoes from the Deep’
Apr 13 Santa Cruz SentinelMoss Landing evolves as center for marine sciences” by Gary Griggs
Apr 9 Palo Alto OnlineChoreography meets climate change at Stanford” by Karla Kane
Apr 8 National Geographic TVHostile Planet – Oceans” [MBARI footage in deep-sea section – 31:40 to 35:00]
Apr 6 Santa Cruz SentinelROV-ing in the deep” by Rachel Kippen
Apr 3 Environmental MonitorLittle worlds of wood on the ocean floor” by Karla Lant
Apr 3 Geek.comScientists attach cameras to white sharks to watch how they hunt their prey” by Genevieve Scarano
Mar 25 KSCO-radio “Good Morning Monterey Bay” (interview with Kim Fulton-Bennett about MBARI’s eDNA research)
Mar 21 National Geographic NewsSpectacular new fossil bonanza captures explosion of early life” by Michael Greshko [Also carried by MSN News” and several other news-aggregation web sites]
Mar 20 Marine Technology NewsDrones for coastal enviro management” by Justin Manley
Mar 9 MSN NewsScariest animals in the world” by Pete Thomas and David Strege
Mar 7 Marine Technology NewsInterview: MBARI President Chris Scholin
Mar 1 Journal of Petroleum TechnologyHow oil innovation has benefited other industries” by Trent Jacobs
Mar 1 Monterey HeraldSeaside Middle School students adopt scientific float” by Priyanka Runwal
Feb 27 BioGraphicAllure of the Flower Hat” by Tony Wu
Feb 18 New YorkerA whale’s afterlife” by Jeffrey Marlow
Feb 18 LabRootsMarine protected areas crucial for commercially harvested animal populations
by Anthony Bouchard
Feb 8 BBCHumpback Whales: A Detective Story
Feb 6 PBS News Hour (video for social media) Why is this squid wearing a Fitbit?” by Vicky Stein
Feb 4 The LogAmerican Heritage: The shipwreck of Santa Monica Bay ” by Parimal M. Rohit
Feb National Maritime Historical SocietyMilky Seas
Jan 30 Anthroposphere – The Oxford Climate ReviewThe Argo Evolution” by Grace Greenwald and Shannon Switzer Swanson
Jan 29 Stories related to MBARI news release: Why do beaked whales return to a Navy sonar range despite frequent disturbance? It’s the food.
– iNews, “Beaked whales are travelling into military testing zones to dive for squid” by Sally Guyoncourt (1-29-19)
– The Maritime Executive, “Why do beaked whales keep returning to a Navy sonar range?” (1-29-19)
–, “California: Whales always return to sonar testing areas” (2-7-19)
[Release also carried verbatim by Environmental News Network, Science Daily, Science Blog, Safety4Sea, the British Ecological Society and UC Santa Cruz]
Jan 24 WESA-radio (NPR)The octopus whisperer” by Alisa Opar [See also: Picture of the Week: Cock-Eyed Squid. Both stories originally produced by ScienceFriday for Cephalopod week 2017 and also carried by KERA-TV, KWBU-radio, and WBFO-radio]
Jan 23 CBC Kids5 animals that glow
Jan 21 MongabayA ‘FitBit for squid’ could help track the ocean’s squishier species” by Marianne Messina [Also carried by Enviro LInk and South Africa Today]
Jan 19 Wild About Animals [Kid’s science TV show featuring MBARI videos of “some of the strangest looking creatures in our oceans”]
Jan 17 Stories related to MBARI web article: Biologists discover deep-sea fish living where there is virtually no oxygen.
– New Atlas, “Fish found thriving in waters with almost no oxygen” by Michael Irving (1-20-19)
– Newsweek, “Robot discovers eels and sharks thriving in deep-sea void where oxygen hardly exists” by Aristos Georgiou (1-21-19) [Also carried by MSN]
– Science Alert, “Scientists discover freaky fish thriving in waters we thought were deadly to life ” by Peter Dockrill (1-21-19)
– Fox News, “Bizarre deep-sea fish living in Gulf of California with ‘virtually no oxygen’ puzzles biologists” by Jennifer Earl (1-21-19) [Also carried by New York Post]
– Slash Gear, “Two fish species can survive in areas of the Gulf of California with little oxygen” by Shane McGlaun (1-21-19)
– The Weather Channel, “Gulf of California fish found thriving in one of the most extreme low oxygen underwater habitats on Earth” by Drew MacFarlane (1-22-19)
–, “Biologists using underwater robot discover deep-sea fish living where there is ‘virtually no oxygen’” by Stephanie Valera (1-23-19)
– Also covered verbatim by Phys Org, Infosurhoy, Maritime Herald, Knowridge,,, Follow News, and other news aggregation web sites
Jan 17 MashableUncharted worlds- Descending into the dark sea is like exploring deep space” by Mark Kaufman
Jan 16 San Jose InsideMonterey Bay whale researchers prepare for a busy year ahead” by Lauren Hepler
Jan 15 Vintage NewsShip which sank in 1995 found off California coast – 3D Model Made” by Ian Harvey
Jan 14 Scuttlebutt Sailing NewsResponsibilities after the rescue
Jan 13 Deep Sea NewsThe lonely existence of vampire squids” by Craig McClain
Jan 8 Taucher.netDeep Sea: Five new species of sea slugs discovered
Jan 7 Supply Chain DriveEnvironmental concerns loom after MSC loses 270 containers at sea” by Edwin Lopez
Jan 4 The Daily AstorianAn anomaly” by Elleda Wilson
Jan 3 OceanusTo tag a squid – New device can reveal unknown behavior of these key creatures” by Daniel Cojanu and Elise Hugus
Jan 3 Smithsonian.comHe was on duty when the ship sank. Two decades later, the ROV pilot aids in Its exploration” by Meilan Solly
Jan 3 Monterey County WeeklyScientists at MBARI are researching a last-ditch possibility to combat climate change